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Brothers on the Line (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 March 2012 (USA)
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An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the ... See full summary »


Sasha Reuther
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Reuther Walter Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Sheen ... Narrator
Victor Reuther Victor Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Reuther Roy Reuther ... Himself (archive footage)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrew Young ... Himself
George Meany George Meany ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Bennett Harry Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
John Conyers John Conyers ... Himself
Doug Fraser Doug Fraser ... Himself


An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers union, transformed the landscape of a nation. Directed by Victor's grandson, Sasha, and narrated by Martin Sheen, the film is an in-depth study of one family's rise from auto plant organizers in 1930s Detroit to leaders in collective bargaining, Civil Rights activism, and international labor solidarity. Behind the dramatic headlines of picket line conflict, assassination attempts, heated Senate hearings, and inter-union power struggles, lies a stirring personal story of determination, sacrifice, triumph, and tragedy. This influential and often controversial 40-year crusade would contribute to lifting millions of workers to a middle-class living and compel American democracy to live up to its promise of equality. Written by Porter Street Pictures

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Walter Reuther: I have always said, one should encourage enough opposition to make it interesting... but not enough to make it dangerous.
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Important Amercan historical document
18 May 2012 | by mike-51-914399See all my reviews

The impact of the Reuther family on the history and social development of the United States and the world can not be overstated. "Brothers On The Line" documents not only the time line of their challenges and important events, but it also provides a window into the character of the men, women and organizations that formed the heart of the America's labor movement. With Martin Sheen's narration, Natalie Merchant's searing rendition of the Union call to arms, "Which side Are You On?", the movie revisits vital landmarks in the development of the labor movement. The means for attaining a lifestyle that we have come to label "middle class" was gained for millions upon millions of workers here and abroad by the Reuthers and others via the monumental struggles with the industrial giants of their time. The film captures the progression of those struggles, the benefits to workers everywhere and the courage of those willing to lay it all on the line in the name of fair and humane treatment for all. Brothers On The Line measures up to any historical documentary and will stand the test of time as an important document in the tableau of American history.

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